@rebgav: For me its because Im very dependent on visual stimulation to keep me attentive to something. I used to read books all the time. Hell, I remember one night I stayed up the entire night and read the entirety of White Fang in nearly one go. Anymore though I dunno just doesn't catch my attention. Ironically enough if I get a subject that I have enough to say about I do enjoy writing.
yes, i love books, i love writing and i love games. sci-fi fits into all those accounts.
generic question because i'm curious: favorite author that isn't stephen king?
Hard to choose just one. In fiction I love me some Amy Tan, Kurt Vonnegut, Garth Nix, and Phillip Pullman. On the nonfiction side, Stephen Hawking, Dave Barry, Charles Seife.
I'd read a story about a gamer. In fact, there was some children's story I read (as a child) that had two kids get sucked into a game world. They reached level 6 and got killed by a panther on a bridge. But you should mentioned any of the books based on video games or vice versa to your publisher, like Halo or The Witcher. Outside of that, you could rhetorically ask who they think read fantasy and sci-to (not that those are the only things that interest gamers.
I love games. I love reading. To expand. I read about 3 books in 2 weeks. It comes from my college time when I had about 3 papers due at a time. It usually annoys the hell out of my friends. The Game of Thrones books have slowed down my progress. But to give a good example, the past two weeks I read a book on the rise of the Roman Empire, the Barbary Wars, and the third ice and fire book (about 3/4). As well I played and beat 4 games (I got tired of The End of Us about halfway through). And I saw 3 movies (Man of Steel wasn't bad and This is the End is funny). And I worked 40 hour weeks. And I played golf every Saturday. And I went to 3 parties. That isn't always typical. Oh and I had two dates (same girl). One was one of the parties that included going to a movie. Sometimes you have to manage with what you can fit into a day.
I'd read a story about a gamer. In fact, there was some children's story I read (as a child) that had two kids get sucked into a game world. They reached level 6 and got killed by a panther on a bridge.
That is the best book summary I have ever read.
But you should mentioned any of the books based on video games or vice versa to your publisher, like Halo or The Witcher.
The Witcher was actually a book before it was ever a game, but I take your point. Unfortunately, dropping franchise names does no good because, well, they are franchises that sell in the millions. People are already invested in the fiction of those worlds. The problem seems to be "new IPs," just like in games. Publishers like sequels very much.
Oh, hell yeah! Not only do I love to read, I have to read due to my job. I haven't managed to find a good translation for my position in English, but I am the one who manages all the adult fiction and non-fiction books at my bookstore. I don't get to read as much as I'd like though, since games and general computer usage eats a lot of time without me noticing it...
I gave myself a goal to read eight books during my three week holiday (which ends tomorrow) and I managed most of them. That is about 2000 pages. So yeah, I am a reader.
It sounds to me like your publisher was being polite. The gamers (we'll go with that term shall we) I know tend to read genre junk, if at all. Most bibliophiles I know generally disregard games as spurious and its pretty easy to see why ( ie The walking dead being praised from all corners for its absurd morality fable plot contrivances and manufactured by the half tonne characters). It doesn't help that the standard of criticism of games is shockingly anaemic with regards to storytelling.
I've been reading books longer than I have been playing video games (or in any case more consistently). Video games stories are a joke so I don't go to them for my Story needs - I go to novels for that. Put a gun to my head and say pick books or video games and its an easy choice. I would miss video games but hey I read more novels than I play games. That said I don't read novels about video games very much or ever really. My Kindle is my most precious piece of technology.
I love reading. Mostly fantasy stuff, nothing serious (apart from the odd foray into Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, most of which went over my head). Big fan of Terry Brooks' Shannara series, and the Jack Reacher books. Just started reading A Song of Ice and Fire, been reading it at work on my iPhone, so it's going to take a while!
I write with most of my free time left over after gaming. That or either sit in my little cocoon of blankets and read for a couple of hours. I also play guitar but haven't been able to touch that for a couple days because still waiting for a new tuner to arrive after the last one took a bit of a spill.